Lawmakers Advance Bill That Would Make Over Medical Marijuana Program
The Maine Legislature Wednesday moved closer to passing a sweeping overhaul of the state’s medical marijuana program. The Health and Human Services Committee (HHS) voted to advance a bill that makes it easier for Mainers to qualify as medical marijuana patients, and allows caregivers to expand while accepting tighter regulations.
The bill does away with patient limits for registered caregivers, and allows caregivers and dispensaries to carve out a bigger sales market. Additionally, patients could possess up to eight pounds of harvested cannabis. The bill also makes it easier to obtain a medical marijuana patient card by removing current qualifying medical conditions such as epilepsy, cancer and Multiple Sclerosis. If a doctor believes a patient can benefit from cannabis for any ailment, he or she would be able to prescribe it.
The bill stopped short of eliminating a cap on the number of marijuana dispensaries. That wasn’t a popular provision with many on the HHS committee. But Rep. Deb Sanderson, a Republican from Chelsea, said it